David O. Russell Talks UNCHARTED; Film Will Include Nathan Drake’s Extended Family and International Intrigue

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While doing press for his new film The Fighter, writer-director David O. Russell talked about his upcoming movie: an adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.  While the game centers on protagonist Nathan Drake’s search to find El Dorado (and killing a disturbing number of henchmen along the way), according to 24 Frames, O. Russell’s adaptation will “include Drake’s extended family — and put them in fraught, globetrotting situations with some of the world’s most influential people.”  This coincides with an earlier statement from Mark Wahlberg (who’s playing Drake) that they’re trying to get Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to play Drake’s father and uncle, respectively.

Hit the jump for more on what O. Russell had to say about what attracted him to Uncharted.

So what drew O. Russell, who’s known more for his indie work than big summer blockbusters?  The filmmaker tells 24 Frames:

“This idea really turns me on that there’s a family that’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities … [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice…. We’ll have the family dynamic, which we’ve done in a couple of movies now.  And then you take that and put it on the bigger, more muscular stage of an international action picture, but also put all the character stuff in it. That’s a really cool idea to me.”

That actually sounds like an interesting take on the material.  It’s not like the game is some story-rich adventure as much as a series of pretenses for murdering an ungodly number of bad guys.  It will be interesting to see how much of the game O. Russell incorporates into his movie beyond the title and the main character.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m literally hoping that Russell gets hit by a bus before this idea gets to a point where production cannot be halted.

    • Dan

      And that bus will be driven by Lily Tomlin.

    • Aromcath

      As callused as it is to say I can’t get behind that desire, now Russel driving the bus hammered at twice the legal BAC as he drives through a school yard into a chemical plant…. yeah that’s what I’d like to see. And what’s even stranger is that I’m not even a fan of Uncharted to be honest, but as a gaming fan is beyond irritating to see an IP get so ripped apart.

  • Joshw023

    Unfortunately, it’s now starting to sound like a National Treasure knock off.

    • Bogie

      Very very UNFORTUNATE

  • Fallendeathspider

    why do they always have to mess with mostly every video game adaption….goshh!!!!!!!!
    U HAVE THE MATERIAL THE STORY RIGHT THERE DONT CHANGE ANYTHIN DAMN IT!!!!!!!
    i was expecting a tomb raider style action movie..now im smellin some cheap family adventure worst of all with mark wahlberg ..thanks russell

  • matt

    if drake has a boston accent im gonna shoot someone

  • Bogie

    Fuck O. russell and fuck wahlberg these people have no respect for the fans and continually shit on them in hopes of turning a quick buck. Someone should stop this from happening. Fucking assholes.

  • mcarran

    Shouldn’t a requirement to helm this movie be to play through the game or at least watch all the cut scenes? This bullshit he talks about has NOTHING to do with the story of either game and deviates completely. So we have what could probably be a huge property on the scale of “Indiana Jones” and instead of following what made it an ENORMOUS success in the gaming world lets just buy the name and then do whatever the fuck we want…sounds great and we all know that has a great track record of working. How does something that seems like such a no brainer get completely screwed up like this and end up in the hands of people like this. Why is he even working on a script? Who owned the Uncharted property? why would they relinquish creative control to these morons. Horrid casting and just plain stupid ideas that will create a mediocre piece of garbage that will come and go in theaters. Good luck on that opening weekend because that’s all the UNCHARTED name will guarantee you after that a shit movie is a shit movie.

  • FincherFan

    Where the FUCK do you guys get off all bitching and complaining about a movie before the script is even finished!?!?!?!? First off, it’s David O. Russell is one of the best directors currently working today (see Three Kings, I <3 Huckabees, and his upcoming The Fighter which is getting enormous amounts of praise already), so I'm sure this movie is in more0than-capable hands and it will be a fun movie.

    Either way, either you guys or me will be eating our words when this movie comes out. Consider me excited.

    • Anonymous

      He’s great, he’s gifted. Anyone who can get a good performance out of Mark Wahlberg has something truly special. And his ideas for Uncharted Stink. Tim Burton was a genius too, but you could see the Planet of the Apes trainwreck a mile away.

      • FincherFan

        True, but that still doesn’t explain the misplaced premature judgement.

    • Anonymous

      He’s great, he’s gifted. Anyone who can get a good performance out of Mark Wahlberg has something truly special. And his ideas for Uncharted Stink. Tim Burton was a genius too, but you could see the Planet of the Apes trainwreck a mile away.

    • Bogie

      The fact that he’s even writing a script gives us the right to bitch and along with his horrid casting and further ideas that actually have nothing to do with the story gives the fans every right to bitch. The game relied on creating an emotional attachment to the characters and to have some one come along and butcher the story and characters is very irritating. He may be talented but he has no passion for this property and should not be involved and after the MAX PAYNE debacle Wahlberg shouldn’t even be allowed to buy games.

  • Eli

    Why would this man be given the rights to this? Stick with the video game for once and make fans happy. What about elana? A flynn type character would be interesting to see as well. This is quickly turning into a hack job. I could do a better job than this guy. And Whalberg as Drake? I understand he’s your buddy and all but this is a huge effin’ mistake man.

  • Jmaura10

    So this has turned into a completely different movie with the name Uncharted attached to it. Why cant anybody get it right, Russell obviously doesnt have heart for the game or idea behind it. I really thought Uncharted could have been something really fun like a new Indiana Jones in its own respect. But no they bought the name and fuck everything else, lets just add Walhberg and make money.

  • Kondorr

    Some one seems to like to scip cut-scenes… the game is actually pretty rich on story and character development…
    and it seems non of it stayed in the script of this guy…
    It wont be an “based on Uncharted” movie.. it will be inspired by some family BS movie with the names of some of the uncharted characters… this will be a disaster…

  • Kondorr

    Some one seems to like to scip cut-scenes… the game is actually pretty rich on story and character development…
    and it seems non of it stayed in the script of this guy…
    It wont be an “based on Uncharted” movie.. it will be inspired by some family BS movie with the names of some of the uncharted characters… this will be a disaster…

  • ogro

    Matt keeps complaining about the number of people we murder on the game, but he hasn’t played the second one yet, which has a much better story and overall production.

    After how impressive Uncharted 2 looked e how well written it all was, I’m really bummed not only by the casting, since I never liked Wahlberg, but for the changing in the story.

    The Fight seems to be a fantastic movie, but meddling too much with Uncharted…

  • ogro

    Matt keeps complaining about the number of people we murder on the game, but he hasn’t played the second one yet, which has a much better story and overall production.

    After how impressive Uncharted 2 looked e how well written it all was, I’m really bummed not only by the casting, since I never liked Wahlberg, but for the changing in the story.

    The Fight seems to be a fantastic movie, but meddling too much with Uncharted…

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